Ronan Keating tours with Martin
Posted on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010
Perth-based Concert & Corporate Productions are the proud owners of eight Martin MAC 301 Wash™ LED fixtures and they couldn’t be happier.“The MAC 301 Wash™ – small fixture, small price, small power draw, low running costs but with MASSIVE output and effects,” commented Sean McKernan, CCPWA’s Production Manager. “The MAC 301 Wash™ packs a lot into a small yet powerful fixture. The response of the MAC 301 Wash™ is good and fast, and its zooming function makes it very versatile. I can see it becoming a standard on productions. We love them and so do our clients. They are officially our favourite light!”
One of the first gigs that saw CCPWA’s MAC 301™ LED moving heads in action was Ronan Keatings held at Sandalford Winery in the Swan Valley. This was the first show of a world tour for lighting designer Hunter Frith and the first time that he had used the MAC 301™ fixtures. Also in his rig for this show were MAC700 washes and profiles as well as MAC2000 profiles.
“I love the MAC 301™ fixtures!” Hunter commented. “I like that the MAC 301™ fixtures are so small and the lens in them is fantastic. The beam angle is nice and solid, I like a fat beam. Although they weren’t the fixtures that I specified, I was very happy with them.”
By the time that the tour played Sydney Entertainment Centre, the lighting was supplied by Phaseshift Productions and instead of MAC 301™ fixtures there were MAC250 Beams as well as MAC2000 profiles.
”I liked the MAC250 Beams but unfortunately I don’t have the correct profile for it in my console so there was some stuff I couldn’t quite figure out,” explained Hunter. “That was quite frustrating but it still worked and it worked fine. I like the fact that they are nice and bright although I would like a little bit more control over the beam angle. They’re also fast – I like them a lot and they’re definitely a great light.”
In Perth there was no video wall at the back of the stage but the rest of the tour saw a wall of Martin LC Panels, nine metres wide with a four metre drop, running video content designed by Pete Barnes.